Jaxon Georget had a pair of goals, while Aidan Bangs scored the winner in the shootout, as the Kindersley Klippers edged the Yorkton Terriers 3-2. Kael DePape made 29 saves in the loss, while Clay Sleeva and Carson Henry were the goal scorers.
For the Terriers, it was their first game back on home ice in over three weeks, and they came out flat. Being out-shot 8-0 to start the game, Yorkton conceded the first goal, when Georget chipped home a feed from Noah Lindsay, over the shoulder of DePape. The Terriers only managed two shots on target in the period, a season low, and it remained 1-0 heading into the second.
The T-Dogs found an equalizer, authored by Henry. A point shot from Parker Jasper was redirected past Brett Sweet, and Henry’s fifth goal of the campaign made it 1-1. Kindersley quickly regained their one goal advantage, when Georget danced around a Yorkton defender and beat DePape with a bullet to make it 2-1. Yorkton tied it up before the end of the period. Sleeva unleashed a wrist shot which bounced past Sweet, for Sleeva’s first goal since October 5th. Colby Vranai had a chance to give Yorkton the lead, but the 20-year-old rang the shot off the crossbar, and it remained tied.
The third period started with a high energy fight between JD Hall and Ethan Hilbig. Both fighters exchanged haymakers until both combatants tired out, much to the delight of the Westland Insurance Arena faithful. Both teams pressed for the go ahead marker, and the Klippers would get a late power-play, however, the goaltenders stood tall and the game remained tied after 60 minutes.
Sleeva had the best chance to end it in overtime, getting a breakaway on Sweet. However, the Calgary product stoned Sleeva, and the game went to the skills competition. There, Lindsay and Bangs struck for Kindersley, while Sweet stopped both Maddux Nollski and Karsten Kruska.
The two teams will have the rematch at the Westland Insurance Arena on Friday night. The game will be broadcast on the GX 94 alternate feed, with the pre-game show starting at 7:15pm and the play-by-play beginning at 7:30pm.